• Profile: Sarah Read

    Sarah Read is a dark fiction writer in the frozen north of Wisconsin. Her short stories can be found in Gamut, Black Static, and other places, and in various anthologies including Exigencies, Suspended in Dusk, BEHOLD! Oddities Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, and The Best Horror of the Year vol 10. Her novel The Bone Weaver’s Orchard is now out from Trepidatio Publishing, and her debut collection Out of Water released in late 2019. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Pantheon Magazine and of their associated anthologies, including Gorgon: Stories of Emergence. She is an active member of the Horror Writers Association. When she’s not staring into the abyss, she knits. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram @Inkwellmonster or support her on Patreon. Awards 2019 Bram Stoker Awards Superior Achievement in…

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    Shelf Edition: Author Sarah Read

    Our December guest for Shelf Edition is one of our favorite Ladies of Horror Fiction authors, Sarah Read! Sarah is an author and librarian. Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books?  So many! Of course The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste, because of course. Sara Tantlinger’s The Devil’s Dreamland and To Be Devoured were both incredible. Julie C Day’s The Rampant was also gorgeously dark. Alma Katsu’s The Hunger ticked all my horror and history-loving boxes. Danielle Kaheaku’s In Extremis was beautiful and full of dread. And Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage was one of my favorite reads last year. What LOHF books do you have on your TBR?…

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    The Bone Weaver’s Orchard by Sarah Read Review

    He’s run away home. That’s what they say every time one of Charley Winslow’s friends vanishes from The Old Cross School for Boys. It’s just a tall tale. That’s what they tell Charley when he sees the ragged grey figure stalking the abbey halls at night. When Charley follows his pet insects to a pool of blood behind a false wall, he could run and let those stones bury their secrets. He could assimilate, focus on his studies, and wait for his father to send for him. Or he could walk the dark tunnels of the school’s heart, scour its abandoned passages, and pick at the scab of a family’s…

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    What We’re Reading #64

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have a nice mix of recommendations for you this Wednesday! Don’t forget to hit the tag up above to find more excellent books to add to your tbr piles. Bluebeard’s First Wife by Ha Seong-nan Disasters, accidents, and deaths abound in Bluebeard’s First Wife. A woman spends a night with her fiancé and his friends, and overhears a terrible secret that has bound them together since high school. A man grows increasingly agitated by the apartment noise made by a young family living upstairs and arouses the suspicion of his own wife when the neighbors meet a string of unlucky incidents. A couple moves into a…

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    What We’re Reading #61

    We’re a day late but back with three recently recommended reads! Don’t forget to hit the tag up above to find more excellent books to add to your tbr piles. The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni From the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the Angelology series comes a bewitching gothic novel of suspense that plunges readers into a world of dark family secrets, the mysteries of human genetics, and the burden of family inheritance. It feels like a fairy tale when Alberta ”Bert” Monte receives a letter addressed to “Countess Alberta Montebianco” at her Hudson Valley, New York, home that claims she’s inherited a noble title, money, and a castle…

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    Horror Adjacent Reads x LOHF

    Okay, so if you’ve made it here, you’re probably here for the scary. The more the scarier, right? But how do you classify “horror”? Does it have to tick the boxes off a certain checklist? Or is it more that you just know it when you see it? One thing I’ve noticed about reading boatloads of horror is that it seems more fluid than other genres—in the best way possible. After all, what scares you is subjective. Spiders may terrify your mom (on screen and off!), but you only feel that creeping dread for psychological scares. Horror doesn’t have to mean blood gushing out of severed limbs or zombies crawling…

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    July Readalong: Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is excited to announce our July readalong of Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas. Catherine House was selected by the members of the Ladies of Horror Fiction Goodreads group. All of the details for joining the readalong are posted below. Catherine House sounds amazing, and we are looking forward to some great discussions throughout the month of July! A seductive, gothic-infused tale of literary suspense — the debut of a spectacular new voice — about a dangerously curious young undergraduate whose rebelliousness leads her to discover a shocking secret involving an exclusive circle of students . . . and the dark truth beneath her school’s…

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    What We’re Reading #52

    We know you need more books and we just so happen to have a few recommendations to help you out! Infested by Carol Gore Swarms of powerful mosquitoes sucking victims dry. Insatiable horseflies feasting on living flesh. Huge roaches with a ferocious bite. No tent is safe at the Green Swamp Zip-Line Adventure and Campground. Camp manager, Casey Lovitt, and entomologist, Dr. Phillip Edwards, must go up against powerful business interests and cover-ups from the local sheriff’s department to stop the deadly infestation. And with the busy tourist season fast approaching, time is running out. Will Casey and Phillip stop the onslaught of hungry bugs, or will the bodies continue…

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    June Readalong Poll

    Have you joined us on Goodreads yet? Each month we post a poll for our members to select the next month’s readalong. Our poll for the June readalong ends today so be sure to head over and vote for the book you would like to read and discuss with us next month! These are the books on the readalong poll for June: The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling Feed by Mira Grant In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado Benny Rose, the Cannibal King by Hailey Piper Affinity by Sarah Waters Livingston Girls by Briana Morgan Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab Blood…

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    What We’re Reading #46

    Hello, everyone! We hope you’re all finding moments to indulge in some great books. Here’s three more for your tbr pile! Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters “Once upon a time there was a monster. This is how they tell you the story starts. This is a lie.” Sometimes things are not what they appear to be. DNA doesn’t define us, gravity doesn’t hold us, a home doesn’t mean we belong. From circus tents to space stations, Damien Angelica Walters creates stories that are both achingly familiar and chillingly surreal. Within her second short story collection, she questions who the real monsters are, rips families apart and stiches…